‘Cocky’ driver crashed into woman leaving her crushed as she begged ‘don’t let me die’

‘Cocky’ driver crashed into woman leaving her crushed as she begged ‘don’t let me die’

 

A “cocky” disqualified drink driver crashed into a female pedestrian leaving her pleading with him not to leave her to die.

Philip Bradley, 40, smashed into Christine Winstanley leaving her crushed against the gable end of a wall, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

He initially asked her if she was alright and then said “well that’s me f****d”.

The 59-year-old pleaded to him “don’t let me die” before she was rushed to hospital where she was treated for serious injuries including a leg fracture, a broken foot, and bruising to her legs and face, Liverpool Echo reports.

Bradley was sentenced on Wednesday for causing serious injury by driving whilst disqualified, driving without due care and attention, driving without insurance and possession of a utility knife.

Henry Riding, prosecuting, told the court that Ms Winstanley was walking in Prescot on February 5 this year at around 8.30pm when the crash happened.

Mr Riding said she heard the “screeching of wheels” and “as she turned it struck her crashing her into a gable end of a wall of a house.”

Ms Winstanley was hospitalised for two weeks with serious injuries after the crash and has been referred to a plastic surgeon, the court heard.

The court heard that a utility knife was found in the car at the scene, prompting the charge for possession of a blade.

Mr Riding told the court that Bradley, from Whiston, appeared to have been drinking but a malfunction in the breathalyser machine meant there was not sufficient evidence to bring a separate charge.

The judge noted that he would accept Bradley had been drinking as an aggravating feature of the case.

Mr Riding told the court there was also a passenger in the car who suffered minor injuries.

He explained on July 18 last year Bradley was convicted of driving with excess alcohol and was disqualified from driving for 16 months, a ban he was subject to at the time of this offence.

The court heard Bradley also has previous convictions for motor vehicle offences dating between 1999 and 2000.

Martyn Walsh, defending, told the court Bradley is a dad and asked for full credit for his guilty plea.

Mr Walsh asked the judge to consider a suspended sentence and explained that there is the prospect of work available to Bradley but that there was no evidence of it to present to the judge.

The court heard that Bradley was physically sick at the scene of the crash and did remain there following the incident.

Mr Walsh said: “As you can see from his pre-sentence report he is 40 years old, he has stable accommodation and has the support of his family who appear in court today”.

He explained that he was in possession of the blade as he worked as a carpet and tile fitter, although he has since lost the job.

Mr Walsh also told the court Bradley “wishes to offer his remorse” for his actions, but the judge branded the comment “hollow” in respect of Bradley’s previous comments.

Recorder Mark Ford cited a probation report, stating that when prompted about the mental effects on his victim Bradley said: “There’s been mental effects on me as well, I’m devastated.”

The judge said: “You did say you can’t apologise enough but that to me isn’t entirely consistent with the comments made during the course of your interview with the probation service.”

Sentencing, the judge said: “You’ve caused serious injury whilst disqualified by driving without due care and attention.

“As a result, you have caused extremely serious physical and mental injury the consequences of which are still unfolding to your victim.”

The judge said: “It is extremely fortunate she wasn’t killed.”

Referring to the probation service conversation the judge said: “By way of explanation you told her you were being cocky.”

The judge said he disagreed with the suggestion that a suspended sentence would be appropriate and ordered Bradley to serve an immediate sentence.

Bradley was handed a two years and one-month prison sentence and was disqualified from driving for three and a half years, which will begin when his prison term is served.

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